Lehár with the original leads of The Merry Widow, Mizzi Günther and Louis Treumann in 1905

In the kingdom of Marshovia, Count Danilo woos the beautiful widow Sonia. But she, aware of Danilo's womanizing ways, rejects his advances. Her curt dismissal conceals her genuine attraction to the Count, however, and the emotionally confused Sonia decides to flee Marshovia and Danilo for the charms of gay Paris. Because of Sonia's extensive wealth, her departure leaves the Marshovian royals in a tizzy -- and soon they've dispatched Danilo to the City of Lights with orders to wed the lovely lady...

Music by Franz Lehár.

Baron Zeta John Haig
Valencienne Jane Pegler
Vicomte Cascada John-Paul McCrohon
St Brioche George Beddoes
Count Camille de Rosillon Steve Reading
Bogdanovitsch Dennis Redding
Sylvia Laura Underwood
Kromov Ron Hasker
Olga Kate Davey
Pritsch Chris King
Praskovia Natalie Frank
Njegus Alan Jenkins
Anna Glavari Val Leopold
Count Danilovitsch Brydon Baker
Grisettes Caroline Archer, Kate Langrish, Peta Mewett, Trish Pring, Annie Teahan, Sue Wright
Gentlemen's Chorus Brian Bayford, Tony Bryant, Ian Hanney, John McLaughlin, Matthew Merritt, Mike Naylor, Nick Pegden, Jeff Stanbridge, Barry Tester
Ladies Chorus Caroline Archer, Lucy Applin, Sonia Atkinson, Marilyn Beddoes, Julia Brown, Janet Frank, Carole Gennings, Lesley Hasker, Shirley Hurdle, Yvonne Jenkins, Kate Langrish, Peta Mewett, Alison Mobbs, Trish Pring, Linda Smither, Annie Teahan, Sandra Tucker, Sue Wright
Dancers Tanya Bourner, Julia Brown, Charlotte Camp, Sekeeta George, Sarah Lockhart, Heather Stoddart, Tamara Thorpe, Charlotte Warren
Producer & Choreographer Audrey Pring
Musical Director Alan Pring
Official Accompanist Jean Porter
Stage Manager Colin D Justice
Deputy Stage Manager Michael Williams
Assistant Stage Manager George Hyde
Stage Crew Marc Fairclough, Peter Gardner, Roy Luke, Ron Lewis, Ian Matthews, Simon Mewett, Chris Murray, Tom Potts, Marc Scott, Rhys Scrivener, Lee Stoddart, Jeff Thomas
Fly Crew Kate Evans, Tony Lee-Wright, Norman Price, Simon Roe
Sound Mitchell Sound (Steve & Kathy Oldfield)
Lighting Design Ian and Theresa Pratt
Property Mistresses Maureen Francis, Sheila Justice
Property Assistants Gemma Beck, Victoria Jowett, Andrew Oakley, Sheila Stoddart, Emily Street
Wardrobe Co-ordinator Carole Gennings
Wardrobe Assistants Alex Langrish, Betty Smith, Queenie Walker
Hair and Make-up Christine Wenzel
Hair and Make-up Assistants Rosemary Luke, Marion Williams
Publicity Sara Allen
Front of House Photographs Ivan Saunders
Programme Design & Production Sara Allen, Mark Daniels, Clare Wallace
Cover Design Guy Smither
Ticket Controller Anita Waterhouse
Ticket Assistants Joan Budd, Pat Wallace, Linda Smither
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Violins Judy Taylor, Nuala Land, Gerry Salway, Matt Dennison, Roland Appley, Kirsty Robinson
Viola C Gould
Cello John Sharpe
Bass Stuart Gay
Trumpets Roger Hammond, Tom Edwards
Trombone Dave Thomas
Flute Helen Walton
Oboe Irene Pragnell
Clarinets Ian Peters, Robert Blanken
Percussion George Race
Keyboards Jean Porter